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Patterns of Transcendence: Religion, Death, and Dying

Patterns of Transcendence: Religion, Death, and Dying
Author: David Chidester
ISBN 13: 9780534506070
ISBN 10: 534506070
Edition: 2
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2001-08-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
List Price: $143.95

This cross-cultural book examines social, religious, and cultural approaches to death and dying across Eastern and Western cultures and religious traditions. Organization of the book begins with an examination of death and dying among non-literate peoples in different parts of the world, then covers Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, and Japanese approaches, Western patterns of transcendence (ancient Middle East, Judaic, Christian, and Islamic), and concludes with a chapter on death and dying in contemporary America. It discusses four patterns of transcendence: ancestral, experiential, cultural, and mythic.